Fusing modern art with classic Sydney architecture, Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour is historic accommodation perfect the discerning traveller. What started life in 1888 as the city’s oldest wool store is now a boutique hotel within proximity of all the good stuff.
Ovolo 1888 opened back in July 2013 following a $30 million two-year redevelopment. The project delivered a five-storey ninety-room hotel that injected some serious design-cred into Sydney’s hotel game. Exposed brick, concrete, ironbark beams, pillars and even the period windows have been kept to celebrate the building’s biography.
There was a high level of consideration and respect when it came to the original structure of 1888. Everything from the old horse cart track, to the sawtooth roof and original timber could not be touched or modified in any way, keeping the history of this iconic building alive.
Guests will appreciate that the rooms are carefully curated in Ovolo’s signature quirkiness, that’s equal parts luxury and art. Sydney artist Jasper Knight’s work is found throughout the hotel, distinguished through the machinery and old factory vibes blended with bold colours. Oliver Watts’ prints are blown up, chopped, changed and featured as wallpaper in the majority of rooms.
Speaking of rooms, guests are treated to absolute comfort and effortless living – LED TVs, iPad Minis, 24-hour room service, complimentary breakfast and free in-room mini-bar. Yes. Free! So prepare to indulge. You just need to decide between shaken or stirred.
Intimate wine bar Mister Percy is found in the lobby. Head Chef Luca Guiotto presents a delectable menu inspired by the Mediterranean and using seasonal local produce to craft a selection of skewered snacks and share plates. Each dish is ideally served with a glass or two of rare and medal-winning wine expressions.
Mister Percy is a comfortable space that mixes plush fabrics, leathers, and cane bark besides Venetian-style painted pieces in a palette of greens, reds, blues and pinks. The interiors incorporate an eclectic bistro-style aesthetic melding vintage décor with modern taste and sensibility.
The wine bar is named for Percy Ewart, a former wool classer at the original wool store who also made his mark (literally) by etching his name in the sandstone building.
The Ovolo Group is a family-owned and operated brand managing several hotels and restaurants across Hong Kong and Australia. Catering to modern travellers, Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour is an ideal retreat for modern sightsees or anyone craving a romantic getaway with their significant other. You can find the award-winning hotel at:
139 Murray Street,